Gabriel Lambert is a guitarist, composer and producer in the world of jazz, improvised music and rock music. After completing a bachelor degree in jazz performance from McGill University in 2003, he had the privilege to study with Peter Bernstein in New York with the help of a development grant from the Canadian council for the arts. Gabriel is an active member of rock group Elephant Stone since 2010. The band has since released two full albums (Elephant Stone and The Three Poisons), and has gone on numerous tours to Europe and the United States. With a creation grant from the Quebec Arts Council in 2013, Gabriel has written music for two projects : first a collaboration with Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes) on an instrumental ambient project called Heavenly Banquet which was premiered at the Phenomena festival in a performance with artist Clea Minaker in 2014, and a jazz quartet record untitled Les Ondes Célestes, which was released at the Montreal Off Jazz festival in the fall of 2015.
Les Ondes Célestes
Jazz from Rant 1549
The label Jazz from Rant is very much a family affair, projects by
composer/drummer Michel Lambert, his partner Jeannette Lambert and her
brother Reg Schwager. With this CD, guitarist Gabriel Lambert, Michel's nephew,
joins what may be the first family of Canadian jazz.
Lambert is a fleet-fingered guitarist, and his thoughtful improvisations are clearly
articulated with a bright, glassy sound. What makes the CD remarkable,
however, is that it hardly sounds like a debut at all. His compositions mingle
influences from both classical and jazz sources – serialism, modes and free
improvisation – but the music always feels organized, testament to both the
coherence of his vision and the developed empathy of the band.
The first half of the CD consists of four individual pieces